Charishma's Amazing Chole Delight!!

Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr

This recipe was passed on to me from my mom who got it from her mom who got it from her mom:) It is a family favourite over the generations and is made every year on this day, for Ashtami, one of my favourite festival:))))))))))))))))))))))) This is served with hot puris or bathure, its mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a wok.
  2. Add cardamom, cinnamom, cloves and cumin seeds.
  3. Stir fry for a minute.
  4. Add the 8 finely chopped onions, ginger, garlic and green chillies.
  5. Stir fry on medium-high flame for 20-30 minutes.
  6. till reddish-brown in colour.
  7. Add corriander powder, turmeric powder and red chilli powder.
  8. Mix well.
  9. Now add tomatoes followed by water and black pepper powder.
  10. Mix well.
  11. Continue to cook on medium-high flame for 10-15 minutes until the tomato pieces no longer remain visible to the eye.
  12. In the meantime, boil the channa in water in a pressure cooker for 10 minutes on high flame.
  13. Drain and remove from heat.
  14. Keep aside.
  15. Add salt to the tomato mixture and mix well.
  16. Add the boiled channa and mix from down towards the top very nicely ensuring that the masala is all over the channa.
  17. Add the finely sliced onions and remove from heat.
  18. Mix very well.
  19. Garnish with 4 green chillies sliced lengthwise to make 8 pieces.
  20. Spread these 8 pieces all over the top of the channa.
  21. Keep 2 halves of 1 lemon in the centre, face down on the channa.
  22. Spread a layer of cilantro on top for that extra elegant and special look and added taste.
  23. Serve the channa immediately with this.
  24. ------Forthe accompaniment---------.
  25. Put all the ingredients in a separate bowl so that only those who wish to eat this alongwith the channa may do so.
  26. I love this dish so much that I could walk right from USA to New Zealand to eat this.
Most Helpful

This recipe I tried last night. 8 onions first i thought the author was joking but then i thought since it is supposed to be a good recipe let me try. And i landed up with painful hard work exactly following the recipe with a ton of disaster in my kitchen. I was not upset with the quantity either but the there was no flavor. I am indian and i have had chole made at home plenty of time but this was worst. there was no flavor of chole at all. it was like I made onion tomato vegetable with chickpeas dunked in it.
Would not recommend it again. Would never go back to this recipe. Which wasted 6 hours of my time struggling in the kitchen to correct the flavor without success.
Eventually landed up throwing away the whole set. What a waste.

hina_p_shah April 24, 2011